I seriously can’t remember when I’ve been so excited to show you a project! I hope you love this repurposed pallet coffee cup rack as much as I do! I sure did have fun making it.
When I started this project, I couldn’t remember if I got this pallet at Home Depot or Target. However looking at the picture, I now know where I got it. Orange! It’s a small pallet, and I feel certain that it must be heat treated, not chemically treated. Looking at the date on the image, I’ve had this pallet for exactly a year!
By the way, would you believe this is my very first pallet project? I set the pallet up on my jawhorse so I could sand the boards. Realizing that some of it is in pretty bad shape, I decide that it might be best if I take it apart and sort of reconfigure it.
I have this great new tool, called a Deck Wrecker. I got it off of Amazon. I actually bought it to help me dismantle old fence sections. Using it on this small pallet was so darn easy!
The Deck Wrecker took all the boards apart without a single busted board. I tapped the nails through, and removed them with a hammer.
If you would love to see the Deck Wrecker in action be sure to check out my video post “how to dismantle pallets”
I removed the nails and saved them, so I can keep the pallet’s integrity when I reassemble it. I trimmed the boards down to about 36”, removing both original ends on each board.
After sanding the boards again on all sides and edges, I gave them a coat of Minwax Dark Walnut on all sides.
To reassemble the pallet, I used staples for the two boards on the back of the pallet. (they wouldn’t be visible on my project.
For the boards on the front, I drilled pilot holes and used the original nails.
I made a stencil in my Silhouette program. You can see that I used “STENCIL” font at a size of about 230. The stencil was right about 34” long. I cut the first 2 lines, then I moved them off the template, and cut the last line and the coffee cups.
NOTE: I add a box around all of my text to make it have straight edges, making it easier to apply evenly on the boards.
I cut this stencil out of contact paper with my blade on #2, and the thickness setting on 4.
I did a couple of live videos on Periscope showing how I do the stenciling for signs. I edited 3 videos to show how I remove the backing, place the stencil, THEN weed out the letters.
Using the box around each of the lines of text is the key to making this work so easily. I just rip the contact paper down those lines.
You can see I used painter’s tape to mark the edge, so that when I have the stencil in my hands, it will be easy to center.
I lay the contact paper upside down, and peel the backing away. I then place the stencil down on the board.
I use Martha Stewart foam pouncers for all of my stenciling projects.
I purchased an image in the Silhouette online store to add to my coffee cup rack.
Here’s the video. I hope it helps you to think about the way you stencil. This way really makes stenciling so easy.
Check out how I did the Periscope video with my phone clamped with a tri-pod and a large bar clamp. What I learned—I should have had it clamped to something other than my wobbly work table.
I didn’t have any black hooks, so I spray painted some nickel ones with Krylon ColorMaster.
I was so excited to finish my first pallet project, I hung it on the fence to take a picture to share with my friends!
I absolutely LOVE how this project turned out. I’m itching to find another great pallet to do my next project. Those who know me well—know a little secret about me. I do NOT drink coffee!
I would love for you to pin this project so that others will see how easy it is to do these large stenciled signs.
Be sure to check out the coffee station that prompted me to do this pallet coffee cup rack!
If you are a coffee lover, you will also love these easy cabinet door coffee signs.